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Sylvia Young Theatre School

Full Time School

School Life

The School Week

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays our students follow their academic programme. This consists of a broad range of academic subjects, more details of which can be found in the academic curriculum section of our  website. The aim is for all students to sit 8 or 9 GCSE examinations at the end of year 11. The School day commences at 8.45am and finishes at 4.00pm for years 6, 7 & 8. In years 9, 10 & 11, some lessons may continue until 5pm on one or more days depending on what subjects the students have opted for.

On Thursdays and Fridays students follow their vocational programme, receiving training in the performing arts (drama, dance and singing) whilst developing their individual performance skills. School day commences at 8.45am-3.45pm on Thursday and 8.45am-4.00pm pm Friday.


Our school site houses a number of excellent facilities for our students academic and vocational classes.

  • 12 Academic classrooms, including 2 Art rooms, 2 Science labs, 2 I.T Suites.
  • 11 Vocational studios, recording studio.
  • Changing and shower facilities, outside courtyard garden, cafeteria.


Our academic uniform is supplied by John Lewis which students wear Monday-Wednesday.

On Thursday and Friday students wear their vocational uniform, tracksuit, dance wear, sweatshirts. Uniform can be ordered by a number of suppliers and the school shop.

Full details are giving on acceptance of their school place.

  • Leadership Team

    Sylvia Young OBE
    Frances Chave BSc, PGCE, NPQH
    Deputy Head            
    Laurence Kavanagh
    Managing Director    
    Alison Ruffelle
    Business Manager  
    Maggie Melville
    ​​​​​​​Artistic Director
    Steven Baker